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something that defines us, but something that inspires us to be better, to be more compassionate and more humble people. >> a father, a family, a community in grief. their hearts are heavy. weary of these tragedies. i'm don lemon. good morning, everyone. i'm john berman. >> i'm kate bolduan. we're live in newtown, connecticut.
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president obama will be coming here later today. he will meet with some of the victims' families and speak at a vigil being held here tonight. meanwhile, we're learning more about this tragedy and the victims, 20 children, 6 adults died in friday's shooting at the sandy hook elementary school. >> everybody's death was caused by, everyone that we completed so far was caused by gunshot wounds. and, obviously, the manner of death on all these cases has been classified as homicide. >> that was the medical examiner. he also offered this disturbing detail. all of the victims he's seen, they were shot more than once. >> just amazing to even hear him
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recount what he's seen in really chilling, chilly detail, tom. >> we will have much more on the victims. of course, their names and their stories coming up in just a few minutes. people in this community are still coming to grips with this tragedy. understandably, we saw more vigils here last night and they're still offering grief counseling to many. that's especially important for the kids who lost so many of their friends in this shooting. we also want to pass this along to you. the united way has set up a sandy hook school fund. donations can be sent to the newtown savings bank. the address you see on your screen, newtown savings bank, 39 main street, newtown, connecticut, 06470. we are also hearing from adam lanza's family. both his brother, ryan, and his father have been questioned by police. peter lanza released this statement. "our family is grieving along
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with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. we are in a state of disbelief and trying to find whatever answers we can. we too, are asking why." we're hearing from adam lanza's aunt which says she's shocked and offers a little insight into why. >> i know she had issues with school. she wound up homeschooling him, because she battled with the school district i'm not sure in what capacity. >> has he acted out? had she shared with you? >> no. >> no violence towards her? >> no. if he did, i know she wouldn't have tolerated it. >> joining us now national correspondent susan candiotti. you have been following this investigation from the very,
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very beginning. what more are we learning about adam lanza and what he was doing in the days before the shooting? >> of course, that's one of the many key questions that authorities are trying to figure out. as we're beginning to see more photographs emerge of this 20-year-old young man, of course, the photos we've seen of him are at a very much younger age. dp again, he was only 20, but a lot of the photos were taken when he was just a teenager. investigators have been chasing down a lot of leads in this area. they have been talking to friends and family and neighbors to try to learn more about him as an individual and, again, where he was in the days before the shooting. so, for example, they have been spending a lot of time, john and kate, at various gun ranges and gun shops in the area. again, chasing down information that he may have visited some of these places. and one of the stops took them to a local sporting goods store. it's a chain and it's located in
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danbury, connecticut. someone may have purchased a gun there, possibly him on tuesday, but decided against it. they spent a lot of time there talking to employees and even tracking down the store's surveillance camera videos to see if they can capture him on tape, but that tip did not pan out. we understand that authorities have plans to keep doing that today. john? >> and, susan, are we getting any sense of any new information of really what transpired at the school friday morning and the impossible question is really, is there any evidence yet pointing towards a motive? >> oh, the motive, no. we've been asking that, again and again. we did hear from investigators saying that they are picking up what they call very important evidence to try to figure that
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out at both the crime scene and at the home that the shooter shared with his mother. but they're not revealing what they consider to be that important evidence. we do know this, that the three guns that he took there, guns that were legally purchased, according to authorities by his mother, those three guns were found next to his body, including one that he killed himself with. they know which one that was, but they're not saying. remember, he took with him two handguns and a long gun called a bushmaster. we know from the medical examiner that he used that long gun to kill a number of his victims, as you indicated earlier, kate, we know that he shot many of thiz victims several times, according to the medical examiner, anywhere from 3 to 11 times each. just a vicious, cold blooded event that authorities have called being blamed on someone who was very, very evil and we can understand why. kate?
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>> yeah. susan candiotti doing great reporting on this very, very difficult story. susan, thank you so much. for more information on how you can help those affected, so many people are asking how, well, you can help those affected by the shooting, you can go to cnn.com/impact. you can also offer your thanks and impact your world, as we like to say, john. bring in victor blackwell in atlanta who is monitoring some of the other stories for us. >> here are some of the other things happening around the world. 16 days before the u.s. can go over the fiscal cliff, a deal might be near. a source close to the talks tell cnn that house speaker john boehner is willing to hike taxes on the wealthiest americans. that's something the president says must be included in any plan. boehner previously called tax increases on earners a nonstarter. he and the president have not reached a deal. staying in washington,
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president obama appears set to nominate senator john kerry as his next secretary of state. hillary clinton said she would step down after the first term. susan rice was the expected choice, but she pulled her name out of the running because of the controversy over her comments in the wake of the benghazi attacks. secretary clinton was supposed to testify about benghazi this week, but that's on hold now. she suffered a concussion and now she's resting at home. the secretary has been battling a stomach virus and fainted after becoming dehydrated. her office says it's not severe. it's election day in japan and voters are choosing a new parliament. the election could return former prime minister to office if his liberal democratic party wins and lots of analysts expect that he'll win big. he's promised to get japan's struggling economy back on track. let's go back now to kate
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bolduan and john berman in connecticut. >> there are news going on around the world and thank you, victor, for keeping us to speed on that. people will be going to church services this morning to grieve for their loved ones. >> absolutely. >> we'll tell you some incredible and heartwarming stories about the victims, but, first, we want to show you the names and the ages of all 26 people killed at sandy hook elementary school on that friday morning to honor their passing.
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all of them were either 6 or 7 years old. among them, was emily parker. her father says she could light up a room and was an exceptional artist who always carried around markers and pencils to draw for anyone. her dad said he dwav her a kiss the last time he saw her alive. six adults lost their lives in that tragic shooting. that includes 47-year-old principal dawn hochsprung who was married and had two daughters and three st stepdaughters. one parent said hochsprung was always smiling. and school sipsychologist mary sherlach loved to garden.
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they will miss her terribly and take comfort knowing she had achieved that dream. the gunman also took the life of a 27-year-old first grade teacher who is being hailed around the world for her bravery. ♪ amazing grace how sweet the sound ♪ >> hundreds of people sang "amazing grace" at a candlelight vigil for victoria soto in her hometown. she moved her students from the classroom door when they heard the gun shots ringing out. she faced the gunman when he stormed in and he shot her. i spoke yesterday with two parents whose son, by what they call a miracle, made it out of
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that classroom alive. >> when they heard noises that he described initially they thought were hammers falling, then they realized that it was g gunshots and ms. soto, who was a aiden's teacher had the knowledge to move the children away from the door and that's when the gunman burst in, did not say a word, no facial expressions and proceeded to shoot their teacher. and they basically ran right next to the guy and out the door. >> they ran past him? >> he's still standing in the door and they ran past him and ran down the hallway and they're one of the closest rooms to the main entrance and aiden was, had the presence of mind to hold the
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door for one of his classmates and then another one of his classmates that was a little behind and waited for him and then they all ran to the road, to the main road. >> do you think he knows she didn't make it? >> he's reassuring himself that she's going to be okay. he really, really, really a cared about his teacher. he was very close with her and she really loved their class. he kept saying that i hope she's okay. i hope it's not her. he knows that she's been hurt, but he doesn't know the end result. he knows the kids that he saw getting shot. he doesn't know the outcome. so, i think he's reassuring himself in his 6-year-old mind. i know he's processing it, but i think he's reassuring himself. i think he's telling himself that it's going to be okay. we had to put the sign out in the front today asking people
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not to ring the doorbell because he still hasn't internalized the fact that this gunman, this bad guy is gone and he wants to know if there are more bad guys in the world and i don't know how to answer that question properly. and, so, when someone rings the doorbell, he thinks it's him coming back, coming for him. so, he, you know, he -- so, i think our biggest concern now is making sure that we handle his sensitive nature properly and carefully and support him and support our daughter because she, again, does process things very differently than he does. that's our job as parents now to stay close to them, hold them, hug them, love them and let them know that they are safe. >> that was robert and diane lacata. they were wonderful to sit down
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and talk to us. we want to say that victoria soto's cousin, her parents and family members say they are very proud that she had the instinct to protect her students and that, and that that brings them some peace about what happened. they, of course, say, she is a hero. it was pretty special for mead to spend some time with them. >> we're being so sensitive to the people here in this community. we're not barging in and putting microphones in and we are only talking to people who invite us in. you got to spend time with that 6-year-old aiden. >> his parents did not want him to be part of the interview, which is understandable. he's still trying to deal with this tragedy and they don't know exactly yet how to help thim through it. they know they want to let him lead the way in how he's dealing with the tragedy.
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he was in very high spirits. he was a 6-year-old boy, he was showing me his kong fu moves. his sister is a second grader at sandy hook. i spent time with the sister yesterday, as well. they are absolutely adorable, precious and drive home the precious little lives that were in those classrooms and what was lost. these two parent say they're so lucky to be able to be hugging their children. >> amazing resilience for amazing kids. our coverage of this tragedy in newtown, connecticut, will continue in just a moment. [ female announcer ] born from the naturally sweet monk fruit,
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vigils, prayers, words of reflection. the nation is remembering the victims of the school shooting here in connecticut in their own way. this is how "saturday night live" paid tribute. ♪ silent night holy night ♪ ♪ all is calm all is bright ♪
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>> that is simply beautiful. the sketch comedy show opened this weekend show with a chorus of children singing the classic christmas song "silent night." in miami, the miami heat players stood with their children for a moment of silence before saturday's game against the washington wizards. they wanted to pay respect to the shooting victims. the new england patriots as far away as england soccer players were wearing on their uniform to mourn with the people here in connecticut. clearly the shockwaves from this senseless massacre that left 20 children and 6 adults dead are being felt far, far beyond our borders. for more now on the truly global reaction to this, i want to bring in victor blackwell. what have you seen how the world is reacting here in newtown, connecticut. >> you mentioned the soccer players in the uk and we're getting response from the uk and
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all over the world. if there is one thing aside from political disagreements that the world can agree on is the innocence of our children, specifically, from david cameron, the british prime minister, you know, back in 1996, they suffered through a school shooting. his stamentd from ten downing. my thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones. it is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age when they had so much life ahead of them. as we mentied that shooting in '96 and also in '96 a shooting in tasmania that ended with five people being killed. that statement after that we received from prime minister julie gillard. >> it is almost beyond comprehension, but that is what we have seen today.
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heartfelt sympathies go to those families who have lost a child. to those families who have lost a loved one. to those families who are now trying to counsel their young children that has been witness to such shocking scenes and so distressed as a result. >> two of the statements from coming all across the world in demonstrations of solidarity. back to you, john, in newtown. >> victor, you said it so well. if there is one thing that is universal, it is the love for our children. victor blackwell in atlanta, we'll come back to you in a little bit. for more information on how you can help those affected by the shooting go to cnn.com/impact. ♪ ♪
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morning. here in newtown, people are still asking why and how. questions that we may not have answers for for a very long time, if at all. they are also remembering the victims. we saw more vigils here last night, as people pay their respects to the 20 children and 6 adults killed in the school shooting. all of those children were just 6 or 7 years old. investigators are still trying to piece it altogether. they found more information on the shooter, but, still, no motive. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti has been following the investigation from the very beginning. susan, what more do you know? well, good morning, kate. we know that investigators tell us that they are making progress, but they're not saying exactly what kind of progress they're making. we know, for example, they have been talking to family and friends of the shooter adam lanza to try to develop a profile about what he was all about. for example, they are very
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interested in anything he may have written down. any e-mails he may have sent as they try to piece together some kind of a motive and what he was doing in the days before the shooting. investigators are learning more each day that may explain what led 20-year-old adam lanza to launch a vicious attack on young children and adults at an elementary school. >> our investigators at the crime scene, the school and secondary at the second crime scene we discussed did produce some very, very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use and hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and, more importantly, why this occurred. >> reporter: police won't say what that evidence is, however, investigators have been checking out gun ranges and sporting good stores. they followed a lead the shooter tried to buy a gun tuesday at this location. after searching store surveillance videos, the tip
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didn't pan out. >> to date, atf have not uncovered any information to substantiate the fact that he tried to acquire guns recently. we're out there actively investigating. >> reporter: federal gun agents said they also recovered weapons at the home the shooter share would his mother. sources say three more guns were found. these three rifle models, all older. they're being traced, at least one, has been connected to the mother. three more weapons were discovered with the shooter in a classroom, where he took his own life. according to law enforcement officials, the two handguns and semi-automatic bushmaster were bought legally by his mother. that long gun was used to kill several victims. >> i only did seven of the autopsies. the victims ranged from 3 to 11 wounds each. all the wounds i know of at this point were all caused by the
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long weapon. >> one man who said that he knew of the shooter's mother described her as a gun enthusiast who liked to take her sons target shooting. but so far authorities say they have found no evidence of that. relatives describe him as a bright young man who was homeschooled. his brother, according to law enforcement officials told investigators that the younger brother, the shooter, was autistic, but certainly none of this adds up for investigators so far. why he allegedly did what he did. kate? >> susan, you heard in the piece lieutenant vance say they did recover materials at the house that will be key in helping to tell the story of what may have caused this to happen. what led up to it. do you have any sense of what types of materials those might be? >> they're simply not saying. so, we've certainly pressed them on it. does that mean that they've been looking at a computer and looking at letters or written or
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any kind of letters he might have written down to people to try to express his thoughts. but they're not saying exactly what that was. did something have to do with the gun collection that the mother had there? it certainly appears, john, as you know, he appeared to have used one of those guns to kill his own mother. >> and, susan, also you had said earlier this hour that it appears that investigators know which weapon this young, this young man used on himself, but are still withholding that information. what's the process of this? why withhold the information? these investigators haven't really come out publicly yet to even i.d. him. >> that's right. that's an important point we've been asking that time and again. but, we keep hearing, look, this is a decision being made by the lead investigators of this case, the connecticut state police and
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they have chosen not to formally release the name of the shooter at this time. we still don't have an explanation, for example, as to why there was a mix up on the day that this happened. when initially sources and law enforcement officials were identifying the shooter as the older brother when, in fact, it was the younger brother. we still don't know what happened there either. >> yeah. absolutely. susan candiotti, great reporting for you here in newtown, connecticut. thanks so much. >> every hour that does pashere we're learning more about the tragic deaths of the 26 people at the sandy hook elementary school. officials say the victims were shot multiple times and that most were killed by this rifle. we know the .223 caliber bushmaster semi-automatic was found near the shooter when he was deceased and legally purchased by nancy lanza, the shooter's mother.
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tom fuentes, also a cnn contributor. tom, knowing now that this bushmaster, this assault weapon was the likely gun that was used. are you even surprised the situation wasn't worse? >> well, it would be pretty horrific just because of that, john. the bushmaster bullet would be about three times faster, longer and more powerful than the bullets that would have been fired from the two handguns. so, i think that when the medical examiner yesterday mentioned that all of the wounds all of the victims were killed with the long gun, the nature of those wounds would have been extremely horrible. >> and, tom, the bushmaster is a military-style rifle. it's not a shotgun you would use for hunting, you could say. tell me what you know why a civilian would own that rifle? >> well, one reason would be some claim that it has sporting purposes for either hunting or
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even just target practice, as a sporting gun. but most people that purchase that weapon claim it's for personal protection. it's to protect their homes or their families and they would prefer to have that kind of fire power, as opposed to a shotgun or even just pistols within the home. we also don't know if there were guns that were recovered that home. she may have had shotguns, as well. the choice of that particular weapon, frankly, obviously, it's for hunting people. it's the main purpose that you would want to have a weapon like that. to either take care of yourself or for protective purposes, certainly. but a much more powerful gun than those two handguns. >> follow up on that, tom. one thing that the medical examiner said that caught me by surprise were that the bullets were designed somehow to stay in the tissue. i'm not a gun person. dwr don
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i don't know a lot about guns. can you explain to me what that means? >> as a former s.w.a.t team inspector, i'm not sure what he means by that. the .223 round is the same round that would be fired out of an m16. it has a muzzle velocity of over 215 feet per second. to get that bullet to shoot in a way that would make it not fully penetrate and go through two or three bodies, for that matter, i'm not quite clear what he means by how that was designed. if you soften the lead or, in this case, the outer part of the bullet would have a copper jacket around it so that it would feed more easily through the gun as you're shooting it and pulling the trigger. the old casing is ejected and the new bullet isered and you keep firing that way. it would interfere with the loading and the continued ability to fire that weapon in rapid succession.
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i'm not quite sure what he meant by that. >> all right. former fbi director tom fuentes. thank you so much for helping us try to understand this a little bit better. thanks, tom. >> thank you. back in newtown, we're remembering the victims. doing that quite a lot. so many victims to remember. coming up, we'll hear from a father of a 6-year-old girl killed in the attack. he moved many people to tears and how he wants us all to remember his little girl. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! to the number 1 club in the world. the potential of manchester united unlocked.
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when we got married. i had three kids. and she became the full time mother of three. it was soccer, and ballet, and cheerleading, and baseball. those years were crazy. so, as we go into this next phase, you know, a big part of it for us is that there isn't anything on the schedule.
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the families of the victims here in newtown have been largely silent. instead of choosing to grieve privately, they are choosing, rather, to grieve privately and we're respecting that privacy being careful not to barge in and talk to anyone who doesn't want to talk to us. but one father wanted us to know more about his daughter. her name was emilie parker and she was just 6 years old. >> emilie was a mentor to her two little sisters in finding the simple joys in life. emilie's laughter was infectious and all those who had the pleasure to meet her would agree this world is a better place because she was in it. she was their best friend. they were all born within three years of each other, so, by law, they're very close. she was teaching my middle
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daughter to read. she would help my youngest daughter learn how to make things, show her how to do crafts. they looked up to her. and they look to her when they needed comfort. usually that's saved for a mom and a dad. but it was really sweet to see the times when one of them would fall or one would get their feelings hurt and how they would run to emilie for support and hugs and kisses. she was the type of person that would just light up a room. she, she always had something kind to say about anybody. her love and the strength that she gave us and the example that she showed us is remarkable. she is an incredible person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. i was leaving to work and she
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woke up before i left and i have actually been teaching her portuguese and our last conversation was in portuguese and she told me good morning and asked how i was doing and i said that i was doing well. she said that she loved me and i gave her a kiss and i was out the door. >> i simply do not know where robbie parker, this man found the strength and composure. >> so well spoken. >> so well spoken. his daughter, clearly, so important to him and that family so close. so impressive. the parkers moved to connecticut from utah just eight months ago. emilie is going to be buried back in utah. >> as robbie parker and other parents struggle with the tragedy that happened here on friday, they also face another challenge. how to explain it to their children. something we were talking about earlier. here's lisa sylvester with some expert advice.
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>> if there's an image that sums up this story, it is this. any parent out there can relate. psychiatrist charles rasin with college of medicine. >> how do you wrap your mind around something like this, with the understanding that it will take a while and there will be people closely impacted by this that will never wrap their mind around this. human minds are not infinite and this is appearing to be the worst schoolyard catastrophe in history. there is going to be a huge long-term fallout for this that will impact people's emotional well being and we need to gear ourselves for this fallout because it is coming. >> the news out of newtown is traumatic for parents and children. this happened at a school where kids are supposed to feel safe. >> how do you explain this to children? again, it depends on the age of the child. simple, forthright explanations
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are the best. i think one of the things i tell children is there are some bad people in the world and sometimes bad people do really terrible things. and a terrible thing has happened and there have been some children killed and this is terrible, but you're safe. and, you know, you're safe and you're in a situation now where we're not going to be harmed. >> the american academy of pediatrics offers this advice. take into account the age of the child and provide basic information, without offering details that may only alarm them. ask your children what they already know and answer questions. parents can share their own feelings and the ways they're coping and find meaningful ways to help others. >> children are resilient and what really matters now is how we help them understand what's happened, but even i think more important is the sense of protection and safety that we give them starting this moment and for the next weeks and
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months. >> reporter: for those who witnessed, those children who saw, those who covered their eyes and ears to shutout the horror, they need time, love and prayers. president obama said it that parents are going to go home, hug their children and even to process this as a nation, that's just going to take time. >> that was cnn's lisa sylvester. for those who need or want grief counseling, the newtown grief counseling is going to be open from 9:00 to 4:00 p.m. newtown parent connection trauma support session will be open from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. today. ♪ [ male announcer ] jill and her mouth have lived a great life. but she has some dental issues she's not happy about. so i introduced jill to crest pro-health for life.
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welcome back to newtown, connecticut, everyone for our continuing special coverage of the awful shootings that took place here now friday morning, two full days ago. it is sunday morning and so many people going to church to pray, to grieve, to mourn. how they're all doing it together here in this town. >> i have gotten a sense and i'm sure you have, as well. i've been talking to many residents that are here and many of our colleagues have said the same thing. it's a small town. i'm struck by we're in this beautiful setting this morning. there's a creek right beside us and it's beautiful. it's christmastime, the holiday season and all the trees around here and the terror and tragedy that struck this town is just truly shocking and how close
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this community has really rallied around each other and come together is awe inspiring. we saw those pictures from that vigil in stratford, connecticut, last night to honor the first grade teacher, victoria soto. a mass of humanity there and it happened very naturally. wasn't even a planned event. >> there's no one here that this has not touched in some way. i was at a gas station yesterday morning and the man behind the counter there had this look on his face and i was saying, you know, how has this been for you and he said, i'm an emt and i spent friday at the school. and then saturday he was at the gasstation, again. and it was still clearly affecting him so, so much. >> i think, john, we see it because we're reporting on the story, but i think people in this town are just now starting to get the grasp of how this has impacted people around the world. we ran a clip of kind of the
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Weekend Early Start
CNN December 16, 2012 3:00am-4:00am PST

News/Business. Randi Kaye. The day's top news and events. New.

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